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Call for inputs: Visit to the Republic of Moldova 7 to 16 November 2023

Issued by

Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

Deadline

21 September 2023

Purpose: Ahead of an official country visit to the Republic of Moldova, scheduled from 7 to 16 November 2023, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Dr. Claudia Mahler requests the feedback of all relevant stakeholders.

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Objectives of the visit

At the invitation of the Government, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Dr. Claudia Mahler, will conduct an official country visit to the Republic of Moldova from 6 to 17 November 2023. During this visit, the Independent Expert will assess the human rights situation of older persons and progress in the implementation of the State’s obligations to ensure the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons. She will also identify challenges and formulate recommendations to the State and relevant stakeholders, related to the realisation of all human rights of older persons.

Following a country visit, the Independent Expert presents a report with her findings, conclusions and recommendations to the State concerned at the Human Rights Council. The conclusions and recommendations made by the Independent Expert are a useful tool for States to improve measures to ensure the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.

The Independent Expert will begin the visit in Chisinau and intends to travel to other regions, undertaking field visits to both urban and rural areas, to gain first-hand understanding of issues related to older persons. During her visit, and as a means of gathering information from all relevant stakeholders, she intends to convene meetings with Government officials; National Human Rights Institutions, representatives from non-governmental and civil society organizations; academia; community-based groups and older persons. She will also meet with relevant international agencies working on issues related to older persons in the Republic of Moldova.

At the end of the visit on 16 November 2023, the Independent Expert will debrief relevant Government officials on her preliminary findings, and in line with established practice, she will also hold a press conference in order to share the preliminary findings with the broader public. Additional information on the venue and time of the press conference will be shared prior to the visit.

The Independent Expert will submit a full report on the country visit to the Human Rights Council at its September session in 2024.

Key questions and types of input sought

In preparation of the visit, the Independent Expert invites all interested individuals and organizations from the Republic of Moldova, including from Transnistrian region, including National Human Rights Institutions, civil society organizations, activists, academics and older persons themselves, to provide input for the preparation of her visit. She would welcome information on issues related to the human rights situation of older persons, including refugees.

While all submissions are welcome and the below points are not meant to be exhaustive, the Independent Expert would be grateful to receive comments that address the following topics:
  • Legal, institutional and policy frameworks supporting the human rights of older persons;
  • Conceptualization of ageism and age discrimination and measures taken against in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Situation of older persons regarding their civil, political, economic, social, cultural rights, including:
    1. Violence, maltreatment, and abuse of older persons
    2. Adequate standard of living respecting the independence and autonomy of older persons
    3. Social protection and the rights to social security and work of older persons
    4. Education, training and lifelong learning of older persons
    5. Participation, consultation and involvement of older persons in decision-making processes
    6. Transportation and public spaces for older persons
    7. Access to new technologies in communication and information and digitalization of older persons
    8. Care by and of older persons
    9. Right to health of older persons
    10. Access to justice for older persons
    11. Access to employment of older persons
  • Protection of the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons as a duty of States, and how it has been implemented by the Republic of Moldova, to ensure the realization of older persons’ rights in the face of several current global challenges of, inter alia, the COVID-19 pandemic, energetic crisis and inflation, the Ukraine war, climate change, cross-border migration, armed conflicts, etc.;
  • Intersectionality and ageing, with a specific attention to specific groups: older women; older persons with disabilities; older persons belonging to ethnic, language and religious minorities; older refugees and internally displaced persons; older LGBTI persons; etc.
How inputs will be used

All inputs will be treated confidentially by the Independent Expert and her team, and for the sole purpose of preparing for the country visit.

Reports, academic studies and other types of background materials can be attached as annexes to the submission.

The Independent Expert greatly appreciates the effort that goes into making such contributions and looks forward to reading the submissions.

Next Steps
How and where to submit inputs

Inputs may be sent via e-mail at [email protected] in format Word or PDF. All submissions must be received no later than 21 September 2023.

E-mail address:
[email protected]

E-mail subject line:
Input for IE older persons’ country visit to Republic of Moldova

Word limit:
2,500 words

File formats:
Word, PDF

Accepted languages:
English, Romanian, Russian, French and Spanish